I have been lowcarbing since 12/99 and have lost 38 pounds and kept it off for
almost 6 months now.
I've always been a yoyo dieter. On a Christmas trip I read Dr Atkins book and the rest is history. My pictures can be seen here.
Hope this helps you.
I went on a low carb diet based on the Atkins plan the second week of
May and have to this point lost 40 lbs. I rarely get hungry and my
cholestrol dropped 70 points from a year ago.
It is an easy way to lose weight but a lot of people who I talk to still
believe a low fat diet and exercise is the best way to go. However,
most of them are still trying to lose weight and refuse to give up their
carbohydrate rich diets.
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins
Price: $5.59 (Save 30%)
Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr. Atkins's diet has taken America by storm. It targets insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The bodies of most overeaters are continually in a state of hyperinsulinism; their bodies are so adept at releasing insulin to help convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there's always too much of the hormone circulating through the body. This puts the body into a bind; it always wants to store fat. Even when people with hyperinsulinism try to lose weight--especially when they cut fat but increase carbohydrate consumption--their efforts will fail. This is why Dr. Atkins refers to insulin as "the fat-producing hormone."
The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston
Price: $14.97 (Save 40%)
Despite the glitzy title, this is one of the more appealing diet books among the new "anti-carb" programs. Agatston, a doctor based at Miami Beach's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, found that his patients not only were unable to stay on various popular diets but their cholesterol and blood sugar levels remained dangerously high after trying these plans. The doctor chose to alter his own diet-first avoiding all carbohydrates and fruit and then reintroducing these foods in moderation. Feeling better and losing weight, he then consulted a nutritionist to modify his strategy to devise a sound method for his patients. Complete meal plans along with simple recipes comprise roughly half the book.
Protein Power by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health-in Just Weeks! This book provides readers with not only the "how" of the low-carb diet, but the "why," explaining why the diet works from a biochemical and metabolic level.
The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program by Rachael F. Heller, Richard F. Heller
Price: $11.17 (Save 30%)
The authors of The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (1993) and Healthy for Life (1995) aim the latest volume in their approach to carbohydrate addiction at maturing Americans. Professors at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, the Hellers reiterate their claims that excess insulin causes some people to crave carbohydrates, creating an unstoppable cycle of cravings and weight gain.
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution by Richard K. Bernstein
Price: $19.57 (Save 30%)
While what Dr.Bernstein suggests seems radical (a large reduction in carbs in the daily diet) it is what current research supports (Harvard Medical School's finding that the current food pyramid, "fats bad," "carbs good" is backwards and actually can increase risk of heart attack, obesity and stroke). Sugar and fast metabolizing carbohydrates (which turn quickly into sugar) are the real problem, not fats. In this book you will learn a little about how the insulin that a some diabetics must inject is still not as effective as the insulin the body makes so a diet high in carbohydrates can have devastating effects on a diabetics blood sugar profile, making it jump all over the place. Dr.Berstein shows you how to structure a plan to live by that will keep your sugars in check so that you can minimize the risk of complications later down the road.
The Secret to Low Carb Success by Laura Richard
Whether you're a veteran or a newbie, this book is very informative and will teach you things you could not have known from the low-carb-diet experts' books alone. Laura shares secrets and support. It's obvious she spent a lot of time doing her research. This book is a great help!
Living the Low Carb Life by Jonny Bowden
This is one of the most extensively-researched books on the market dealing with low-carb dieting. It has a vast bibliography and a very comprehensive resources section. The author describes, in some detail, each of the many low-carb diet plans and how they may be suited to you as an individual. There is also a section on low-carb myths, how low-carb diets actually work, and frequently-asked questions. There is even a chapter on controlled-carb dieting and how it differs from the typical low-carb diet.
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